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    06-10-2011, 10:51 PM
Bridle Path?

I'm working on getting my horse in perfect show form, and I was just wondering, for a QH (if it even makes a difference), where should the bridle path start, and where should it end? The rest of his mane is rather long, and I intend on keeping it that way.
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    06-10-2011, 11:21 PM
It should start right between his ears. Maybe a touch farther back toward his withers if he has a very dinky forelock. Most folks go by the length of the horse's ear to see how long it should be. Flatten the ear down the back of the neck beside the mane and cut it even with the end.
    06-11-2011, 02:37 PM
Cool, thank you!
    06-12-2011, 02:57 AM
Ive always followed where the bridle sits and try not to make it too long...

For my horses now neither have one as they have thinnish manes so don't actually need one
    06-12-2011, 07:38 AM
I've always followed the ear rule. If I had one with big ears I wouldn't however as it would only draw more attention to them.
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    06-12-2011, 08:14 AM
IME, length of the bridle path depends somewhat on the discipline the horse is being trimmed for. Western disciplines typically call for (and 4-H generally teaches, regardless of discipline in my area) the ear-length rule. Hunters and dressage horses more often have shorter bridle paths, not much wider than the crownpiece of the halter or bridle. I imagine that eventing follows a similar guideline. And, of course, there are Arabs, Morgans, and gaited breeds that have much longer bridle paths intended to highlight the conformation of the neck and throatlatch.

I love this book:
Some of the info is a little bit dated in terms of what is "in" in the show ring today, but much of it is timless, tried and true guidelines to prepping a horse to make a great impression in the show ring.

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